thegraywolff

A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Month: October, 2017

Read — 2017/10/28

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. How I learned to stop being a ‘chill girl’ and start being me“, by Martine Thompson (Vogue). And true, women are not the only ones wrestling such pressures. My favorite advice from the article:

    Rustle feathers. Do more things that make you nervous. Do that thing people in your life won’t get but ultimately makes you feel fulfilled.

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Read — 2017/10/25

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The college chasm“, by Charles T. Clotfelter (Harvard Magazine). One researcher’s take on widening inequality in American higher education.
  2. Elon Musk was wrong about self-driving Teslas“, by Tom Randall (Bloomberg).

Read — 2017/10/23

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Why Asian women aren’t going to work“, by Adam Ramsey (OZY).
  2. Pablo Neruda officially died of cancer, but a panel of forensic scientists disagrees“, by Thu-Hoang Ha (Quartz).
  3. Learned fools: on names for students” (Merriam-Webster).

Read — 2017/10/21

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Giving away billions as fast as they can“, by David Gelles (NY Times). The new faces — and dynamics — of big-money philanthropy.
  2. The internet and political polarization“, by Barbara R. Jasny (Science). Does the internet actually lead to less political polarization?
  3. Five former presidents hurricane relief concert: when is it, how to watch it live“, by Jill Vejnoska (AJC).
  4. For the third year in a row, no one is moving to Connecticut“, by Matt Foley (OZY). In net, that is. A few lucky out-of-state freshmen at U Conn, and their less-lucky colleagues at Yale, moved to Connecticut this fall, at least de facto.

Read — 2017/10/18

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. When your child crashes the parent-teacher conference“, by Sue Shellenbarger (Wall Street Journal).
  2. Welcome to high school. Now go to college.“, by Melissa Korn (Wall Street Journal). A look at dual-enrollment programs.
  3. This capital city is desperate for a face-lift“, by Matt Foley (OZY). A look at Hartford, Connecticut.
  4. Europe’s glass ceiling“, by Ginger Hervey (Politico). Why aren’t more women involved in European politics?
  5. The women’s hockey star fighting to grow the game“, by Matt Foley (OZY). Pro teams have a roster salary cap roughly half that of the minimum contract for a single NFL player?! This fight is worthy of a five-minute major (read).

How to contact political representatives

Suggestions on how to (effectively!) contact political representatives:

  1. What calling Congress achieves“, by Kathryn Schulz (The New Yorker).
  2. How to write your Congressman“, by A Manly Guest Contributor (Art of Manliness). Based on the other articles here, I would advise against a hand-written letter, as other sources suggest they are quarantined.
  3. Here’s how to make sure Congress hears you“, by Jenna Amatulli (Huffington Post). Presents a series of tweets by former district-office staffer Emily Ellsworth.
  4. The best ways to contact your Congresspeople, from a former staffer“, by Eric Ravenscraft (Life Hacker). Draws from the same series of tweets by Emily Ellsworth.